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May 29, 2016 Samuel Eliot Morison
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This book is more than a history of the United States. It is Samuel Eliot Morison's "legacy" to his countrymen and aims "to re-create for my readers American ways of living in bygone eras." (Preface p vii) The mixture of political, social and economic history is presented without the academic baggage of footnotes. The narrative flow combined with exquisite detail sets this history above others. The author Samuel Eliot Morison (1887- 1976) served in the Second World War,...
Topic: american history
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May 29, 2016 Hans T Fritzsche
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The memoirs of one of Goebbels proteges, who sat in the Nuremberg trial dock with Goering and Hess, but who was acquitted.
Topics: nazism, world war ii
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May 29, 2016 Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer
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Chicago is the hurly-burly, rough-and-tumble, guns-and-girls, front-page town of the U.S. - and this is an impudent, uncensored, shocking account of the fast, fabulous, fascinating city. Of vital importance to every Chicagoan, it will also have enormous interest to every American. From swanky Lake Shore Drive to the squalid nests of perversion, Lait and Mortimer reveal the Chicago that's not in the guidebooks.
Topic: Chicago
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May 29, 2016 Philip Aboot Luce
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In 1965, Phillip Abbott Luce left the world of Communism. He has since authored THE NEW LEFT and numerous articles which have appeared in THE READER'S DIGEST, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, NATIONAL REVIEW and other publications. As a former member of a hard-core Communist organization, Mr. Luce's "behind the scenes" report in this, his latest book, has a vital and prophetic significance for all thinking Americans.
Topic: communism
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Feb 25, 2016 Lord Grey, Viscount of Fallodon
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But one bit of real history of World War I that I can recommend to anyone is the viewpoint of the fellow on the other side of this "encirclement" business:Lord Grey of Fallodon, the British foreign minister during the war. If you've ever wondered who said "the lights are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime," Lord Grey is your man. His memoirs are extremely readable - indeed, reading them one sees just why we have not seen the lamps lit...
Topic: world war i
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Feb 9, 2016 DW Robertson
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What were the medieval stylistic, aesthetic, and literary conventions that Chancer drew upon and knew that his audience would understand? In this rich study Mr. Robertson has included 118 illustrations-of medieval sculpture, cathedral interiors, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, ornamental devices and decorations-to show how these conventions affected the visual arts of Chaucer’s time. Special attention is directed to fundamental differences between medieval and modern attitudes toward...
Topics: chaucer, poetry
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Feb 9, 2016 Chretien De Troyes
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Erec and Enide, the first of five surviving Arthurian romantic poems by twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, narrates a vivid chapter from the legend of King Arthur. Chrétien's romances became the source for Arthurian tradition and influenced countless other poets in England and on the Continent. Yet his swift-moving style is difficult to capture in translation, and today's English-speaking audiences remain largely unfamiliar with the pleasures of reading his poems. Now an...
Topics: authurian tales, romantic chivalry
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Feb 9, 2016 Victor Klemperer
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This final volume of Victor Klemperer’s diaries opens in 1945. After the horrors of the war, Victor and Eva’s return to their Dresden home seems like a fairytale. Victor tries to resume his distinguished academic career and joins East Germany’s Communist Party. In 1951, Eva dies; a year later, aged 70, Victor marries a student—an unlikely but successful love match. But with the growing repression of the Communist Party, and the memory of those who did not survive, Victor’s...
Topics: communism, germany
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Feb 9, 2016 Bernard Bailyn
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“This book,” Mr. Bailyn writes, “depicts the fortunes of a conservative in a time of radical upheaval and deals with problems of public disorder and ideological commitment.” It is at the same time a dramatic account of the origins of the American Revolution from the viewpoint, not of the winners who became the Founding Fathers, but of the losers, the Loyalists. By portraying the ordeal of the last civilian royal governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Bailyn explains “what the human reality...
Topic: american revolution
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Feb 9, 2016 Victor Klemperer
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The publication of Victor Klemperer's secret diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period. "In its cool, lucid style and power of observation," said The New York Times, "it is the best  written, most evocative, most observant record of daily life in the Third Reich." I Will Bear Witness is a work of literature as well as a revelation of the day-by-day horror of the Nazi years.                             A...
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Topics: nazism, germany
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Feb 9, 2016 JF Bosher
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Bosher situates the revolutionary struggle not in an atmosphere of sharp class alignment, but instead with socially mixed and transient groupings. He goes deeply into the pre-Revolutionary period, examining the stresses in the social and political order of the  ancien regime , as well as the ideas of the wealthy that circulated in the salons and permeated the journals and leaflets read by the populace. Central to the account is Professor Bosher's argument, novel and fully documented, that...
Topic: french revolution
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This collection of 29 Tribune articles presents the current state of the underclass (poverty-trapped, primarily black ghetto dwellers) through background, statistics, and interviews, mostly in regard to Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. Relentlessly bleak, the book portrays crime, family breakdown, unemployment, welfare, and the failure of education but ends with a challenging editorial for reform. Apparently unedited for this collection, the articles contain redundancies and unclear date...
Topics: underclass, welfare
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Feb 9, 2016 John Stormer
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In this 25th anniversary edition of None Dare Call It Treason, John Stormer asks: "Are the changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union for real? or could they be apart of a cleverly executed long range plan designed to disarm the United States while providing the Russians with economic aid they desperately need to bail out their collapsed economy?" As a 30-year student of the world communist movement, John Stormer has the credentials to ask and answer those questions. Stormer's...
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Topic: communism
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Feb 9, 2016 Dominique Lapierre, Larry Collins
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First published in 1975, this 2009 edition is a new edition of the best-selling book described as irreplaceable by Le Monde, Paris. It is a poignant reminder of the defining moments of the end of the British Raj, the independence of 400 million people, their division into India and the newly created Pakistan. Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Song of India . . . illuminated like scenes in a pageant .  The significance of the new...
Topic: india